A 14-year-old has been arrested in connection with the attack of a Black teenager on a New York City subway in which he was beaten by three people who hurled racial slurs at him, police said.
The beating Friday was captured on cellphone video, which shows a girl grabbing the 15-year-old victim by his shirt and demanding that he walk. The victim appears to struggle as he tries to get away from the girl, the video shows.
At one point, the video shows the victim walking onto the northbound A train at 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue, but the girl yanks him onto the platform. Someone can be heard in the background yelling the N-word.
The victim is eventually surrounded and pummeled by the three people, the video shows.
The 14-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the attack was charged with aggravated harassment, assault, harassment, and menacing. Police did not release his name.
The New York City Police Department said the "individuals began making anti-Black statements before striking the victim multiple times about the head and body."
"As a result, the victim sustained a laceration to his lip, as well as pain and bruising about the body."
The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital, according to the NYPD. It’s not clear what led up to the altercation.
The three people, who police said were "unknown" to the victim, fled after the fight. Authorities had released their photos Monday on Facebook, saying that they were wanted for assault.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers unit.
New York City Transit President Richard Davey condemned the attack.
"The video is heartbreaking and disturbing and our hearts are with the young man seemingly being senselessly victimized. No one should be subject to this sort of hateful harassment while they are riding with New York City Transit, and the MTA is fully cooperating with the NYPD in its investigation into the incident," he said.